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Janice Metz, 82

March 14, 2012

Janice Olive Metz, 82, of Botkins, died Sunday, March 11, 2012.
She was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Buckland, the daughter of Lucina (Agner) and Glen Sprague, On June 12, 1949, she married the love of her life, Victor Leroy Metz, a World War II veteran, they shared 62 years together, and he survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Vickie (Robert) Wagner, of Three Oaks, Mich., Cindy (Doug) Wilson, of West Liberty; two sons, Melvin, of Montra, and Todd (Glenda), of Charlotte, Mich.; along with her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald Sprague, of Lima; a sister, Carol Hefner, of Harrod; a sister-in-law, Helen Ambos, of Botkins; nieces, nephews and cousins; and her dear friends, Irma Burden and Mary Jolley, both of Wapakoneta.
At a young age, she showed talent as an artist, designing the Buckland High School Band uniforms while a teenager. They lived on their grain and dairy farm in Botkins. Janice was active in community organizations, including Home Demonstration Club, PTA, Band Boosters, 4-H and as a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was instrumental in obtaining Shelby County’s Bookmobile.
Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Vernon Funeral Home in Urbana, with the Rev. Robert H. Carter of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the donor’s local human society.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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